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Tracking Leisure projects?

I wanted to pick the board's collective brain about how you classify and pursue personal/leisure projects. For instance, I am teaching myself a foreign language. I carry my book with me a lot and I keep my vocab organized in a program called Genius on my Mac. When I do the practice speaking thing, I do that in private, usually at work when no one is around or at home. To make it more complicated, I am also in school, so a "study" context doesn't exactly do it for me since when I have school stuff to do, I don't need my personal studies knocking around together with it because it's not as important and will get backburnered until I get back around to it.

So, how would you track NAs for such a project? It doesn't seem to warrant its own context, but I'm not sure where to go from here. Others of my personal projects aren't so odd. When I am designing a new web page or tweaking my site's theme, that just goes into my @webdesign context. Perhaps it shouldn't since two of the sites are higher priority. Anyway, I'm rambling. I think you get the idea.

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Berko is otherwise known as Jamie Phelps. He runs a web design business in addition to pursuing a degree at TCU. Jamie is married to his wonderful wife Ann Margaret and they have eight pets and a fish.




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